Delaware Code Title 16. Health and Safety § 130. Reporting of potential or existing public health emergencies
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(a) Except as otherwise indicated in this chapter or Title 20, the Secretary of Health and Social Services or the Secretary's designee shall be responsible for implementing all measures designed to address potential contagious diseases or infectious diseases in this State.
(b) A health-care provider shall report all cases of persons who harbor any illness or health condition that may be potential causes of a public health emergency. Reportable illnesses and health conditions include, but are not limited to, the diseases caused by the biological agents listed in 42 C.F.R. § 72.3 and symptoms of those diseases, and any illnesses or health conditions identified by the Division of Public Health as notifiable diseases.
(c) In addition to the foregoing requirements, a pharmacist shall report any unusual or increased prescription rates, unusual types of prescriptions, or unusual trends in pharmacy visits that may be potential causes of a public health emergency. Prescription-related events that require a report include, but are not limited to:
(1) An unusual increase in the number of prescriptions to treat fever, respiratory or gastrointestinal complaints;
(2) An unusual increase in the number of prescriptions for antibiotics; and
(3) Any prescription that treats a disease that is relatively uncommon or may be associated with bioterrorism.
(d) Reports pursuant to subsections (b) and (c) of this section shall be made electronically or in writing within 24 hours to the Division of Public Health, or within such time less than 24 hours as may be established by the Division of Public Health by regulation. The report shall include as much of the following information as is available: the patient's name, date of birth, sex and current address (including city and county); the name and address of the health-care provider or medical examiner and of the reporting individual, if different; and any other information needed to locate the patient for follow-up. For cases related to animal or insect bites, the suspected locating information of the biting animal or insect and the name and address of any known owner shall be reported 1
(e) Every veterinarian, livestock owner, veterinary diagnostic laboratory director or other person having a vocation that primarily involves the care of animals shall report animals having or suspected of having any disease that may be potential causes of a public health emergency. The report shall be made within 24 hours to the Department of Agriculture and shall include as much of the following information as is available: the suspected locating information of the animal, the name and address of any known owner, and the name and address of the reporting individual. The Department of Agriculture shall promulgate regulations implementing this subsection. The Department of Agriculture shall provide written or electronic notice to the Division of Public Health of any reports received pursuant to this subsection within 24 hours of receipt of said report, and such notice shall contain all information provided in the report.
(f) For the purposes of this section, the definition of “health care provider” shall include out-of-state medical laboratories, provided that such laboratories have agreed to the reporting requirements of this State. Results must be reported by the laboratory that performs the test, but an in-state laboratory that sends specimens to an out-of-state laboratory is also responsible for reporting results.
(g) Definitions from § 3132 of Title 20 shall apply to this section.
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